Post # 1
I have a venue booked it’s at a state park the reception would be in a big rustic dining hall it’s pretty cool (it comes with 16 8ft baquet tables and 3 6ft tables and lots of chairs). At the State park they have this really pretty spot outside called beaver lake and a lot of wedding ceremonies are held there and then they go to the dining hall for reception. My wedding is on a Sunday and I have start time at 2:30pm. I found a photographers blog were someone did this exact ceremony location and then went to the dining hall. I would have to rent chairs ($$) for outside location and maybe type up a guide/instrutions to put in my invitations of ceremony location in the park and then maybe where to go after. Is this asking too much for guests? My fiance just wants to keep everything in one place (at the reception venue) he also doesn’t want me to rent chairs for outside ceremony at lake area or rent linens for reception….lol but my mom wants to help us rent these things. So should I try to do the ceremony at the lake area (my ceremony will be short and sweet). My fiance thinks it will be too cold but I think it will fine. Help lol. [content edited at request of OP for privacy reasons]
Post # 2
Novembeebride: Questions, the answers to which may help make decisions.
What is the average temperature at the end of November where you live?
How far away from the reception hall is the Lake
What is the terrain like (will it be firm and dry or boggy?)
What are the tables like?
What will you have in place for a backup plan for the ceremony of it is too cold or wet?
It really is good etiquette to provide seating for the ceremony. If you don’t have the budget to rent chairs, do you have alternatives that you could borrow- benches? hay bales ?split logs?
If it’s not patently obvious for guests to find the ceremony location, you will need an insert with directions and/or signs at the venue.
Very few rustic venues have table tops that are in good enough condition to go without tablecloths. You can often buy and re-sell them less expensively than renting but it also takes time to iron all the linens, wash them and iron them again for sale after the wedding. Other alternatives would be runners down the center of the table and placemats for the guests. That would allow more of the wood to show.
Post # 3
-The temps can average from 40 to sometimes 70 for that time of year. If it rains the day before or that day it won’t work. Also if it rains it will be colder. ::hopes for no rain::
-The reception hall would be on the opposite side of the park but easy to get to just takes a little driving time to do it.
-The terrain felt firm but is slightly sloped downwards
-The tables aren’t rustic just plain baquent tables that you would maybe see in a church or office but they do need a cover. I found a website with affordable table linens to purchase called Quickcandles.com. Anyone ever hear or use it?
-I contacted two places for seating one very rustic shop does brown wooden benches for $30 dollars each which seats about 5 to 6 people and I’m not sure of delievery fee. A party rental company does $3.00 a chair and will take a 25% discount off for being off season in November but there delievery fee etc. is almost around $200 it’s also more in delievery because it’s a Sunday.
– I could do an insert with directions and maybe a few signs
Post # 4
oh and ceremony rain back up plan would be have ceremony inside (I have enough chairs to make a aisle etc. without renting any chairs) and there is a fireplace area to do ceremony. It just might be a little snug with all the reception tables in there. I thought having ceremony outside would open up the reception area a little more for space.
Another plan is have it outside of the venue near the trees that are around and I could use the chairs I already have from the venue. So keep everything in one location.
so I’m a little stressed…..lol 🙂
Post # 5
Novembeebride: No need to stress about it. You’ve got the venue booked and that is the important part.
You can let budget determine if you have the extra funds to rent seating to have the ceremony at the lake. If you do, great. If you don’t, it”s no big deal. The guests’ focus will be on the two of you not the location. You can always go there with the bridal party and your photographer for some pics after the ceremony , while your guests are enjoying refreshments. A win/ win for you and your FI- he gets the ceremony at the recpetion venue and you get pics at the lake.
I guess you will have to decide soon as you will need to include an insert with your invitations. Are you having a website? You can add the driving information there.
Do a search here on WeddingBee for any reviews of QuickCandles linens. I know some Bees have purchased their candles from them. Their prices seem reasonable.
Other sites for linens include:
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You could also try http://www.adhuntr.com for linens being resold by another bride.
You can filter the results geographically.
Here is a search for rectangular tablecloths:
Post # 6
Novembeebride: End of November, after Thanksgiving, in Virginia, outside–no, no, no. Yes occasionally it might hit 70, but not very often. Mostly it’s going to be 40’s-50’s, if you get lucky low 60’s. If you want it outside, you will have to rent heat lamps. (does the rustic lodge have heating?)
If I was a guest and I had to sit outside for 30 mins in 40-50 degrees, I would not be happy.
Post # 7
If you want to do th ceremony outside, then chairs are a must. November in Virginia could go either way but you won’t know the weather till it’s probably too late to cancel the chairs. I’d probably invest the chair rental money into decor for the lodge instead and have it all in one place, because if it’s too cold out, you’re still paying for the chairs and getting no use from them. I don’t mind spending money but I hate wasting it.
maybe plan for the indoor ceremony then you and the groom can do a short photo session at the lake.
Post # 8
KoiKove: Yes the inside has heat and a fireplace
Post # 9
Horseradish: Indoor ceremony was my first plan from the start and kinda why I picked this venue. The price was great also. I knew I didn’t want to rent a tent,tables,chairs etc. or worry about weather. So is it okay to have guests sit at reception tables during ceremony and I can set up a few rows of chairs for family to make a small aisle I can walk down also so they will be closer to us. Once ceremony was over chairs would be moved so that ceremony space would become dance area. I just might have some space issues if I have tons of chairs set out for ceremony and tables out for dinner,cake,gifts etc. I saw a blog were guests at a restaurant sat at their tables and watched the couple do vows
So I don’t want much flipping around going on I think moving a fews chairs around would be ok but everything else once set up needs to stay in place. I don’t want tables being moved around once guests are inside. I also am not doing a seating chart.
My mom just really likes the lake area for ceremony. But it really could be too cold and we would loose money on chair deposit I think. It’s a bit of a gamble.